Radrizzani subsidises £1m towards salaries each month as wage bill doubles

29 Jan 2020 08:53 am, by Ellandback1


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Rampant Leeds make amends for first half display

Leeds came from two goals behind to beat the boys from Bermondsey as Bielsa's half time team talk transformed the team from abysmal to unplayable. Millwall's first goal was in typical style. Leeds failed to mark their opponents properly following a deep inswinging corner. Wall Centre back Hutchinson lost his marker (Ayling) and headed the visitors ahead after just four minutes.

The second was more controversial. The ball had clearly gone out of play on the side lines moments before, yet the officials had not seen it. Bradshaw was tussling with Alioski for possession on the left hand side of the penalty area when Ayling (not Alioski) was adjudged to bring the Lions number 9 down to give him his second penalty in consecutive games against the Whites. Jed Wallace stepped up to show the Leeds players how to take a penalty.

Leeds had their chances in the first half. There was one shot in particular from Stuart Dallas that forced Polish International keeper Białkowski into a breathtaking save, only for the official to signal for a goal kick. As the players went down the tunnel at half time, Jean-Kevin Augustin, who was watching the game from the sidelines with Benjamin Mendy must have been wondering what he was getting himself in for!

Although there were no changes at half time, a rampant, and mostly unplayable Leeds team emerged from the tunnel for the second period. The Whites laid siege on their South London counterparts to such a degree that Winston Churchill would have been proud, and were duly rewarded within three minutes of the second period when Bamford blasted home from close range following a corner. Field Marshall Hernandez then half volloyed Leeds level with thirty minutes remaining.

Four minutes later Bamford put Leeds ahead. Aylings pin pointed cross was met with a diving header that Tom Bradshaw would have been proud of as the Lions were running for cover. Leeds missed guilt edged opportunities to stretch their lead further, but more importantly Bielsa's men returned to the top of the table as West Brom were beaten at Cardiff City 2-1. Leeds have a four point cushion between themselves and third placed Nottingham Forest who beat Brentford away from home last night.





Bielsa's post match press conference



Angus Kinnear - Radrizzani subsidises £1m towards salaries each month as wage bill doubles

Last nights Programme notes from Chief Executive Angus Kinnear says owner Andrea Radrizzani continues to write a cheque out for a £1m per month to subsidise a wage bill which he says has doubled under this regime. Does anybody else think that is something to be proud of? I recall when Dallas, Cooper, Ayling and Klich were all rewarded long term extensions and improved contracts meaning on average they will be earning over £80,000 a month each. This was done before Christmas! Why wouldn't the hierarchy wait until the end of the season.

If the worst happens Leeds will have to rebuild without Bielsa. Apart from Klich, none of these players were pulling up any trees before Bielsa joined. It emerged yesterday that Luke Freeman earns £10,000 a week at Sheffield Utd. Would you say that Bamford is four times better than the former QPR hitman?




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mothbanquet wrote on 30 Jan 2020 03:34 pm

I think some here are making a mistake when talking about Vardy, Aguero and Salah. They are some of the best players in English football playing for the top three teams in the Premier League. Most of the Prem lose to those teams so how is it realistic to expect us to get players who can handle those three alone? Are we aiming for top 4 first season back?

Instead of talking about the best, take a look at the rest. The first objective of a newly promoted team is to survive. To do that we can't be afraid of getting hammered by the top clubs, instead we should be asking if we can beat the lesser ones. I'm positive we can beat the likes of Brighton, Newcastle, Southampton, Norwich, Bournemouth, Villa and Watford now let alone next season.

Expectations aside, we embarassed Arsenal in that first half and would have won cleanly if we took our chances. We only lost by one goal and a scrappy one at that.

I'm not saying we don't need to reinforce, of course we need a CB of White's quality as an absolute minimum, and a superior LB. But there's no need to completely overhaul the squad in the vain hope that you're going to shut out world class attackers at the top of their game. It's an unrealistic fear.

1964white wrote on 30 Jan 2020 07:10 am

Our defence would take a battering in the premiership, we can't keep clean sheets now

Chilli D wrote on 30 Jan 2020 07:00 am

The players are better in the Premier League so we won't be able to dominate teams like we do in the Championship, we will need to be more patient when not in possession. Our defence will definitely need to be stronger as we will come under a lot more pressure having to cope with the likes of Aguero, Salah, Mane, Vardy etc
Look at the Arsenal game (and they weren't at full strength) as an example. We totally dominated them in the first half but Arteta got into them at half time and they figured out a way to beat us and were much more dominant in the second half.
But let's get there first and then we can really discuss who we need.

mothbanquet wrote on 29 Jan 2020 10:37 pm

dezzy wrote: Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:12 pm The minimum we would need,
2 CBS, Berardi and white gone
1LB, weak point in side,
1 winger, unless Harrison is kept
1 striker, plus Augustin.

We would need at least 5 quality arrivals, plus your looking at close to 50m already to keep Meisler, Costa, Harrison, Augustin.
I think this is an accurate assessment. Don't forget Pablo, who will be another year older and on the slow march to 40!

dezzy wrote on 29 Jan 2020 10:12 pm

Cjay wrote: Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:16 pm MB has always said he only wants players better then we have who fit the style.

If he was offered that in the Prem he wont say no imo.

We wouldn't get away with relying on the style to hide the individual deficiencies in the squad as much in the Prem.

Would require at least 4 quality players imo minimum.
The minimum we would need,
2 CBS, Berardi and white gone
1LB, weak point in side,
1 winger, unless Harrison is kept
1 striker, plus Augustin.

We would need at least 5 quality arrivals, plus your looking at close to 50m already to keep Meisler, Costa, Harrison, Augustin.